Who We Are

IWA Modena is a volunteer-run, non-profit network of internationally-minded, English-speaking women who live in and around Modena.





All IWA Modena members fully embrace their life in Modena and actively support other women.


The International Women’s Association of Modena is a volunteer run, non-profit network of Women for Women who live in and around Modena. We are a group of internationally-minded, English-speaking women who support each other, with (1) the integration into a new community (2) empowering each other in our personal and professional development (3) providing opportunities to contribute to the association and the local community at large



    • We are an association without bias and prejudice, tolerant towards one another without judgement, a place where members have the freedom of expression.
      We do not associate with any political or religious institutions, theories or ideas.


    • We have built our association on mutual relationships between our members and our community. Giving and sharing, volunteering and helping without asking for anything in return; sit at the core of our combined values. The interdependence of reciprocity requires us to accept personal responsibility and be involved when needed.


    • We strive to show a deep respect and treat each other – and ourselves – with kindness and compassion. Respecting one another means respecting each other’s individual human rights and privacy, and eliminating all kinds of discrimination, whether based on age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, race, colour or gender.


    • We embrace and encourage different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds, providing a safe space for our members to integrate, exchange ideas and to inspire each other. We deeply believe in the power of bringing together people from all over the globe, creating a lasting impact together.


    • Our positive mindset and enthusiasm is what makes our association and its members thrive, get excited and leave their comfort zones while exploring new terrain and have fun together.


    • We are committed to energizing, engaging, empowering and supporting each other in gaining self-confidence, courage, and independence. We encourage one another to stand up for our cause, to act pragmatically and “walk the talk”.


    • We operate openly by communicating internally within the association and externally with unwavering candour, honesty and respect. We’re sincere, transparent and committed to being true to ourselves and to others in all our dealings. We are consistently unreserved, truthful, ethical and genuine. We have no tolerance for politics, hidden agendas or passive-aggressive behaviour.



Please click to download the IWA Modena constitution in Italian.

IWA Modena WhatsApp Group Communication Rules

  • Do’s:
    • Communicate in English, the official language of IWA Modena.
    • Make sure your message matters. There are upwards of 120 members in the chat. Consider whether your message is important to them.
    • Uphold the association’s core values: Open-Mindedness, Reciprocity, Kindness & Respect, Diversity, Enthusiasm, Empowerment, Authenticity.
    • Check Our Top Recommendations on the IWA Modena website and the information provided in the Welcome Book before asking a frequently asked question.
    • Include a disclaimer when promoting products, services, or events not organized by IWA Modena in the first sentence (“This is not an IWA Modena event.”).


    • Don’t contact other members outside of the group chat for commercial reasons, on behalf of other associations, or to distribute any kind of advertising.
    • Never share other members’ personal or contact information outside of the association.
    • Refrain from sharing memes, funny videos, or pictures that could clutter the chat.
    • Never share religious or political content.
    • Only promote personal businesses or other associations’ events in the “Social IWAM Chat” group, NOT in the interest groups WhatsApp chats.
    • Don’t advertise businesses or services more than once a month.
    • When promoting your business or selling personal items, share a maximum of one message or picture. Create a collage or share a link to a location with more information if needed.
    • Don’t share unverified news or forwarded messages from unofficial sources.


    Precautionary warnings from the IWA Modena Board or Leadership Team shouldn’t be taken personally; they are meant to prevent misdirection of conversations.